STEPS! Dance Parade New York's Official E-Newsletter
        June 16, 2017 Cabaret Law Hearing  Issue
Inside this Issue:

Share the Love of Dance!
Dance Quote:
"I'm not interested in fame and glory. It's just that I would like others to know what a happy dance this is."
--Frankie Manning
1914 - 2009

Non Profit Board of Directors:
Erik Bryan Slavin (Chair)
Nicola Creary
Valerie Feit
Jerry Goldman
Mahayana Landowne
David Leventhal
Greg Miller
Philip Ribolow
Steering Commitee:
Greg Miller, Executive Director
Jenny Boissiere, Parade Production
Celia Kutcher, Parade Production
Carlye Eckert, Education
Valerie Feit, Education
John Dalton, Sponsorship
Michelle DeBlasi, Marketing
Martha Ma, Marketing
Jamila Holman, Festival Production
DJ McDonald, Curatorial
Mark Schmidt, Curatorial
Hal Lamster, Web
Donnie D'Amato, Web
Howard Gibbs-Hobgood, Volunteer Coordination
Jessii Parham, Volunteer Coordination
Rebecca Myles, Media
Bianca Rodriguez, Finance Director
Natalya Grigoriev, Finance
Brian Austin, Creative
Jason Parrish, Creative
Chauncey Dandridge, Social Media
Xi Zhu, China Committee
Honorary Committee:
(Power Team & Grand Marshals)
Maurice Hines
Frankie Bones
Mestre Joao Grande
Rosie Mendez
Garth Fagan
Carmen de Lavallade
Robert Battle
Mary Verdi-Fletcher
Rekha Malhotra
Savion Glover
Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar
Hex Hector
Jacqulyn Buglisi
Baba Chuck Davis
Louie Vega
Ashley Tuttle
Elisa Monte
Bill Shannon
Trevor Hochman
Peter Zehren
Samir Bitar
Mel Alvarez
Jonathan Peters
Charles Reinhart
“Billy Elliot” (Joseph Harrington)
Kat Wildish
Amy Marshall
Jellybean Benitez
Elizabeth Zimmer
Ellenore Scott
Don Campbell "Campbellock"
Morocco (Carolina Varga Dinicu)
Luis Salgado
Kool Herc
Danny Tenaglia
Djoniba Mouflet

Advisory Board:
Jeanne Fleming
David Katz
Teddie Kern
Anil Kumar
Joseph McElroy
Fred Shequine
Tasha Blank
Sponsorship Team:
Greg Miller
John Dalton
Nikki Creary
Phil Ribolow
Parade Production:
Jenny Bossiere (Co Lead)
Celia Kutcher (Co Lead) 
Cristin Lafata
Grace Marinao
Jenn Converse
Erik Bryan Slavin
Gabriel Kutik
John Dalton
Dan Rosenstark
Daniel Kahn
Disco Mike Park
Bobby Speakerwire
Wandalynn Miftahi
Cheryl Gant
Phil Ribolow
Mekeshia Brown
Marjorie Liebman
Wandalynn Miftahi
Peter Vassilatos
Ollie Chase
Tim Golding
Jerry Goldman
Akil Davis
Alia Kubicek
Diane Dejesus
Claudia Lazo
Freddy Cosmo
J-Royce Jata
Alia Kubicek
Michael Fry
Rhina Valentin
Sharon Colchamino
Tatianna Bisono
Jamee Schleifer
Beatriz Cardo
Dayana Guerrero
Doris Martinez
Michael Witt
Miriam Ross
Festival Production:
Jamila Holman (Chair)
DJ McDonald (Curatorial Chair)
Mark Schmidt (Curatorial Vice-Chair)
DJ Sweat
Shiela Jamison
Ben Vazquez
Ameca Holman
Bianca Rodriquez
Donnie D'Amato (Emcee, Main)
Shireen Dickson (Emcee, Family)
Educational Outreach
Carlye Eckert (Chair)
Valerie Feit
Caryn Cooper
Shireen Dickson
Leslie Pieters
Jamee Schliefer

Bianca Rodriguez (Chair)
Natalya Grigoriev
Elizabeth Zaklama

Victoria Behr
Carmen Casado
Jerry Goldman
David Leventhal
Paul Llewellyn
Kaye Scholer LLP

Greg Miller
Brian Austin
Jason Parrish
Hal Lamster
Martha Ma
Sarah McGlaughlin
Amanda Alston
Luis Vargas
Media & Promotions Team:
Rebecca Myles
Teresa Bigelow
Chauncey Danridge
Michelle Deblassi
Kevin Farley
Shiela Jamison
Special thanks:
·New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
·NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo
·Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
·City Council Member Rosie Mendez
·NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, Deputy Commissioner Eddie Torres, Assistant Commissioner Kathleen Hughes and Program Officer Stephanie La Froscia
·Community Boards 2 and 3
·NYC & Co Foundation
·NYPD Lt Christopher Cheng and Sgt Patrick McGuire
·NYC Department for the Aging
·New York State Council on the Arts
·Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
·NYC Parks & Recreation Director Claudia Pepe, District Supervisor Terese Flores, Deputy Director Venus Melo and Kevin McClain (Citywide)
·NYC Dept of Sanitation Superintendent Thomas Lincoln
·NYC Dept of Transportation Event Coordinators Michael Callery, Ivory Henderson-Robb and G.I.S. / Events Coordinator Shuan Bruney
Dance Parade
graciously acknowledges
our 2017 Sponsors and Partners:


If you're in NYC then there's "One Chance To Legalize Dance" on Monday! 
Whuuuuuttt you say?
Yes well, Dance Parade was founded 11 years ago in reaction to the New York City Cabaret Laws when a judge ruled that social dancing wasn't considered expressive enough to be protected by the 1st Amendment.
After a lot of hard work by many advocates and the work of City Councilman Rafael Espinal, the 1926 law that limits dancing to a handful of heavily regulated venues will be reviewed in an Oversite hearing this Monday 6/19 at 1pm (Press Conference on the steps of city Hall at 10am!).
Overflow the Chamber at this historic event on Monday. You can RSVP on Facebook here! Can't make it? Sign the petition that the folks are doing.
Dance Strong!

Greg Miller
Executive Director
Dance Parade, Inc.

Congratulations Photo Contest Winners!

This year 44 photographs participated in the photo contest.  A group of 7 judges who were dancers from the parade and parade staff each went through nearly 600 photos and choose their top photos in two rounds of selectinons.  In the final round there were nine photographers who amazingly had one photograph each in the running:  Annie Vercruysse, Leonard Rosmarin, Mark Sklawer, Miguel Chavez, Ning Kang and Peter Cai Robert Dea and Susan Dillwort--you were all amazing!
Congratulations Leonard Rosmarin for this festive photo of Choreographer Amy Rogers and The Hoop Movement!
Looks like a colorful group of lovely young dancers won the hearts of our judges with this photo.  Congratulations to Miguel Chavez for 2nd Place!
Magical ribbons captured judges in this photo by Ning Kang.

One Chance to Legalize Dance:
Monday June 19 at City Hall!

Dance Advocates rally to reform the city’s antiquated no-dancing law on the steps of City Hall before a hearing by those affected
Monday, June 19th at 10 Am on the Steps of NYC Hall
Monday, June 19th at 1 PM in City Hall Council Chambers
City Hall—On Monday June 19th at 10am NYC Council Member Rafael Espinal, Chair of the Committee on Consumer Affairs leads dance advocates in a Press Conference Rally to raise awareness for Cabaret Law reform and the creation of a nightlife taskforce. The hearing at 1pm held in City Hall Council Chambers is the first time the Council has held an oversight hearing on the 1926 Cabaret Law.
The law requires a cabaret license to dance at any venue selling food or drink. Beyond denying to all New Yorkers a fundamental right of cultural expression, this law also has become onerous on small businesses, who already have to secure several permits and licenses related to safety. READ MORE...
Click the above image to watch the 3hour production of Dance Parade on NTD TV.

Dr. Sally Sommer, Dance Professor, Writer, Film-maker's sneak peak of her testimony at the NYC Cabaret Law Hearing

I would like to address what I consider the underlying question concerning the latest ruling upholding the 1926 Cabaret Law, reasoning, “social dancing was not an expressive activity protected by the 1st Amendment.”
First if social dance is not an expressive activity, what is it? The entire world dances. Dancing is an essential cultural identifier: “I dance this way because I belong and come from this country, this group, this family, or even this neighborhood.”
Dancing is product exchanged and exported throughout the world to everyone’s advantage. It is system of nonverbal communication, embodied knowledge, passed on from person to person, as basic as the body-to-body communication between mother and infant. What happens is that we just grow up. Then we start dancing, keeping up that nonverbal communication with more people than mom.
There is no legal definition of dancing. In the most general definitions, which try to be as simple and all-encompassing as possible, dance has been defined as “rhythmic movement performed to music” or “formal mobilized rhythmic movement.”

Our Charitable work to ENGAGE COMMUNITY
2017 Dance Programs:
We employ Teaching Artists at our programs in all five boroughs of New York City. Each program ends with participation in the May 20th 2017 Parade and Festival!
Ageless Action: 
Serving older Americans through the joy and movement of dance.  

Community Kinect:
Using dance to instill a lifelong enthusiasm for physical fitness.
Cultural Residencies: Multi-week residencies focusing on culturally specific dance forms.

If your school, community or senior center is interested in one of our popular education programs for the Winter or Spring, contact or click here for our Community Engagement brochure.

SUPPORT our Mission and Why We Dance
  Our Mission is to promote dance as an expressive and unifying art form by showcasing all forms of dance, educating the general public about the opportunities to experience dance, and celebrating diversity of dance in New York City by sponsoring a yearly city-wide dance parade and dance festival.
Dance Parade really needs your support and any help you can give us is appreciated. At Dance Parade, we are grateful for every tax deductible donation no matter how small.   

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167 Groups registered for the 5/2017 parade.  80 unique styles of dance were presented on Broadway!
Click here to see a list of all registered groups

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